Walking for Dreams Update

May 17, 2016

Oh my goodness, every year I am SOOO humbled by each of you who lend your support and donate to the Jackson Center fundraiser, Walking for Dreams.  This year is no different.  I am touched by every single one of you and could never say thank you enough for supporting our girl.  I could never fully express what the Jackson Center has done for Elena and the progress she has achieved there.  Knowing that you all are behind her, cheering for her, well, there’s just no words for it.  It literally means the world.  

I will give a disclaimer and let you know that we are unable to actually “walk” this year at the event.  But for good reason!  Elena has been participating in a swimming program through a local foundation on Sunday afternoons.  And when I say that she loves it, I mean she loves it more than anything we have ever seen her do before.  Chad and I had to make the executive decision to let her swim this weekend, since she only has a few sessions left.  Just to prove it to you all, we’ll take a video of her in action this Sunday so you can see just how much this girl lets loose when she’s in the water.  It’s pretty great!

That being said, walking or not, the money still goes straight to Elena’s therapies at the Jackson Center and we sincerely appreciate every cent!  Not only that, but to all of you who just lend your words of support and prayer to us, means just as much.  Our girl may never know fully how many people love her and cheer for her, but gosh, we do and it is everything.

To donate:


 Under Credit my Donation to, Select “Individual Walker”, scroll through and select Hinton, Elena.

Or you can mail a check to the Jackson Center

802 Samuel Moore Pkway
Mooresville, IN 46158

(Just designate Elena Hinton in the memo section)

Love you all!

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This is Elena. Our Light. You can see all the goodness and joy that shines from those deep blue eyes. She loves sneezes, yawns, industrial toilet flushes, automatic paper towel dispensers and The Star Spangled Banner. Music is her everything, specifically Moana, Frozen (really all Disney), Queen & Taylor Swift. Nothing makes her squeal quite like swimming, fast boat rides and her two brothers in trouble. In addition to her megawatt smile, Elena reminds us to cherish the smallest of victories, to live in the present, and to daily dwell in a posture of gratitude for every breath and every blessing.  

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I’m Emmalee, an ordinary gal born and raised in the Heartland. Wife to Chad, and Mom to Elena, Calvin & Turner, I spend most my days ridin’ dirty (literally so much trash) in my minivan carting kids to and fro. When I’m not being a Momager, I excel at self-care, cooking gourmet meals my kids won’t eat and deep-diving all the feelings. Most days, my attitude is gratitude, just taking life one step at a time.

Emmalee & Elena

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